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Botanical Portraits by Kate Friend at Garden Museum until 18 March 2018

A photographic study of English plants. British photographer Kate Friend spent the spring and summer of 2017 touring a selection of England’s greatest gardens, gathering the subjects of her photographic study which makes up Botanical Portraits. 🌱 🌿 🍃

To select some of the best specimens of the season she worked with Head Gardeners at Chelsea Physic Garden, Great Dixter, Houghton Hall and Fern Verrow. For each photograph, a stem was isolated from its growing environment and photographed in a studio setting, inviting the viewer to focus on form and colour. With a nod both to the Japanese rikka (standing flowers) tradition and to Gertrude Jekyll’s still life photography of the 19th century, the aesthetic focusses as much on what is left out as on the little that is allowed in. Vases and vessels are of central importance to the final result, seen here are ceramics from Rachel Lucas-Craig, Laura Huston and Karen Downing.

Kate Friend’s selection criterion for the chosen plants was that they were native to England. On pursuing this path, she discovered that this was not a straightforward premise. Exploration, trade, colonialism and early globalisation have resulted in England’s rich and diverse international plant community. The eclectic nature of the final selection reflects England’s multicultural botanical heritage.

Visitors can see the ten photographs which make up ‘Botanical Portraits’, alongside a narrative wall, a separate display showing ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and location shots, both at the museum.

www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/coming-soon-botanical-portraits-kate-friend

Location:
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB

Times:
Sunday – Friday 10:30am 5pm
Saturday 10:30am – 4pm
Closed the first Monday of the month

Price:
£10 adult or less with concessions

A Girl in a School Uniform (Walks into a Bar) at New Diorama Theatre until Saturday 17 February 2018

It’s the future. But only slightly. There are blackouts. No one knows what’s causing them, but that doesn’t stop people going missing in them.

Now Steph and Bell, a schoolgirl and barmaid, have to search for their missing friend, until the outside world starts infecting the theatre that stands around them…

www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/a-girl-in-school-uniform-walks-into-a-bar

Location:
New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, London NW1 3BF

Times:
7:30pm

Price:
£12.50 book online

Super Sharp at Fashion Space Gallery until Saturday 21 April 2018

Exploring the appropriation of Italian designer brands in the underground music scenes of Jungle and UK Garage. Versace, Moschino, Iceberg and D&G are examples of labels that ruled the dance floor in the nineties. Moschino, in particular, became synonymous with the look associated with that era. This exhibition draws from an extensive archive amassed by DJ and producer Saul Milton, which also forms the core of the wider series of exhibitions RTRN II JUNGLE. 🎤 🔊

Recently, there has been a revival of interest in the music, style and culture of that time. Even though Jungle and UK Garage took place before the emergence of the Internet, their history is extensively documented online. However, the overlap between their style and the various times there was a revived interest in the music, has meant that a blurry nostalgic image of the time has emerged.

This exhibition attempts to address this by highlighting the voices of people who were actually there at the time, such as Goldie, Fabio & Grooverider, Bushkin, Skibadee, Navigator and PJ & Smiley, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and MC Nyke. Their personal memories shed light on why designer clothing was first embraced by Jungle ravers and then made famous by UK Garage. By combining the music, testimonials and the original garments, it reveals why high-end Italian labels were so important to the cultural and style history of both genres.

www.fashionspacegallery.com/exhibition/super-sharp

Location:
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

Times:
Monday – Friday 10am 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm (during term time)
Sunday closed

Price:
Free entry

Red Star Over Russia: A revolution in visual culture 1905-55 at Tate Modern until 18 February 2018

A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers. 🇷🇺

2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life.

The core of this exhibition comes from the extraordinary collection of photographer and graphic designer David King (1943–2016). He started his collection of over 250,000 items relating to this period while working for The Sunday Times Magazine in the 1970s. The collection was acquired by Tate in 2016.

This show is an opportunity to see the rare propaganda posters, prints and photographs collected by King – some bearing traces of state censorship. Including work by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Aleksandr Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei, it is a thrilling journey through a momentous period in world history.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/red-star-over-russia

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Times:
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 10pm

Price:
£11.30 book online

Vault Festival LATES at The Vaults Waterloo until Saturday 17 March 2018

A series of evening events promising to lure festival-goers seeking a further theatrical fix into the small hours a total of eight weekends of specially curated, immersive parties every Friday and Saturday night until March.

With an anti-Valentine’s ball, Mardi Gras spectacular, Burlesque lock in and I ♥ EU Silent Disco on the bill, there’s a LATE for every species of party animal. You can also tuck into fiery fusion Thairitos and indulgent Mac ‘n’ Cheese with a specially curated menu of hearty street food. If you just want a drink there are six bars open every day of the festival.

Events:
NeverLand Lates (2nd and 3rd Feb) promises an exhilarating late night journey of discovery into the mystical world of Peter Pan, inviting party-goers to don their best pirate hat or fairy wings as they navigate banquets, food fights, sword fights and lagoons to a soundtrack of live music and circus acts.

The House of Burlesque: Lock In (9th and 10th Feb) welcomes the return of international showgirl Tempest Rose promising “Showgirl Explosions”, mini-burlesque tutorials, bespoke cocktails and a secret speakeasy for the night Time Out dubbed the “Moulin Rouge on Acid”.

The Bleeding Heart Ball (17th Feb) from Shotgun Carousel and Gypsy Disco will be a wild and debaucherous anti-Valentine’s party complete with jaw-dropping circus acts, roaming illusionists, face and body painting and a life drawing salon. A refuge for unrequited lovers, this LATE promises to be an audiovisual feast of gender-bending cabaret and awe-inspiring interactive theatre coupled with the wildest gypsy folk and brass heavy bands blasting out heart wrenching blues and blood-curdling ballads.

FAT TUESDAY (23rd and 24th Feb) sees Shotgun Carousel return to the festival for the fourth year with London’s most gratuitous answer to global Mardi Gras. Revellers will get wild with giant brass sections, circus acts and impromptu parades in this annual celebration of excess. Anything goes costumes and dancing on tables encouraged.

LABYRINTH (2nd and 3rd March) an immersive theatrical circus party from Chivaree Circus, brings to life the Goblin Realm. Adventurers will delve into a world full of mind-boggling aerial performances, stupendous circus feats and intimate encounters as they fight their way to the castle beyond the Goblin City to help #SaveSarah from losing herself in this topsy-turvy domain where nothing is what it seems.

The Final Countdown: I ♥ EU Silent Disco (10th March) will be a white-hot celebration of all things EuroPop as we inch towards the ominous one-year-to-go date for Britain’s departure from the EU. Three channels of continental club bangers including Eurovision hits, indie classics, ABBA favourites and plenty more variety, will add up to a crowd cutting some of the wildest moves around on a dancefloor full of open hearted revellers.

RUCKUS | Underground St Patrick’s Day (17th March) Think Peaky Blinders with twice the craic – travel back to 1919 London to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at RUCKUS. Expect live bands, DJs, game tables and a secret immersive quest for any that want to play. Part underground gangster party, part immersive piss-up, all trouble.

www.vaultfestival.com/whats-on

Location:
The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN

Times:
Various

Price:
Ticketed events from £5 book online

Anti Valentines Party with Bumble at Bounce Farringdon on Wednesday 14 February

Back again for its sixth year, the London institution that is Bounce’s Anti Valentines party celebrates the sheer joy of being single on Valentine’s Day. 💔🖤🍷🍸🍹🍺

No couples, no PDAs, no saccharine pet names and definitely no cheeky winks. Okay, well maybe this one is allowed. Instead they’ll be smashing apart heart-shaped piñatas, drinking strong cocktails, and experiencing true love by way of pepperoni pizza, Ping Pong and a playlist that includes empowering numbers from TLC.

But, if you absolutely insist of finding someone compatible, Bumble will be on hand to provide cocktails for amorous pairings.

  • Unlimited UV Ping Pong & Wonderball
  • UV face artists to plaster UV paint over your grinning chops
  • Their famous Love Police will be taking mugshots of any ‘Romance Rebels’
  • Group games and tournaments organised by the Bounce Games Gurus

Gather your mates and head down to Bounce, Farringdon because shaking a stick at a heart-shaped piñata is so much more gratifying.

www.bouncepingpong.com/whats-on/anti-valentines

Location:
Farringdon, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Times:
6pm till late

Price:
£5 book online

Systems and Secrets: Friday Late at V&A on Friday 26 January 2018

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

DJ Sammseed (Grand Entrance, Cromwell Road)
Join South London based DJ Sammseed (Touching Bass and Scene + Heard) in the V&A Grand Entrance as he mixes a timeless journey through Spiritual Jazz, Broken Beats and all the Funky joints in-between.

Connectivity Algorithm (Grand Entrance, Cromwell Road)
Join Playdate Office at this interactive relay station, which will explore wartime semaphore – the Shutter Telegraphs that were once dotted on the prominent hillsides of the south of England. Answer a series of intuitive questions and spin the shutter rotations to create your very own a geometric code. What message will you create?

Talisman and Amulets (Islamic Middle East, Room 42 – The Jameel Gallery at 7pm)
Join Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam as she explores the visible and invisible power of words and signs, both secular and religious, in the Middle East. Learn about the V&A’s collection of talismans and amulets housed in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, exploring their significance and social context. Behnaz will take us on a visual journey, looking at how talismans and divinatory sciences are used within contemporary Middle East. Asking us to imagine what place they hold in modern household ritual beliefs and what talisman might look like in the future.

London College of Communication (Fashion, Room 40)
Explore a series of provocative and interactive projects from MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication. Tonight the projects on display will examine four interpretations of code: universal codes that cross boundaries of time and space, secret codes that obfuscate or protect something; algorithmic codes that move ideas and information through processes; unknown codes that are out of reach or are undiscovered.

Symbols to Move (The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a at 7:30pm, 9pm)
Join Language of Dance choreographer in this creative dance workshop, which transforms symbols into movement. Uncover this unique alphabet of abstract cyphers used by dancers across the globe. Learn how to translate and interpret the symbols to discover new moves on the dance floor, creating your own shapes and unique patterns.

Moving Through 2 Dimensions (The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a at 8:15pm)
Join renowned movement specialist Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, as she discusses the development of the language of dance. Tracing symbols as far back as the 15th century to the codes used by famous Russian dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, learn how this distinctive dance heritage has evolved into the modern moves of contemporary dance today.

Tarot Reading (Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries – The Salon, Room 4)
Fusing the intellectual with the esoteric, join Leona Nichole Black as she reads your cards. Using the universal symbols and archetypes of human experience Leona’s ethos is that tarot is not about the fatalism of future prediction. Instead, Tarot is about finding the language and methods to engage with the unseen parts of ourselves, so that we can live more authentic and empowered lives. Limited capacity. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Joto’s Robotic Drawing (Sculpture 1300–1600, Room 25)
Watch as Joto robotic drawing system turns intricate pixels into pen & ink. This collaborative project by artists Inconvergent and Variable Studio explores the different results you can get from systems of simple rules, computer coding and algorithms. Challenge Joto to create you a drawing to take home.

Coded Love (National Art Library at 7:30pm)
Queer women have an invisible history, seen by their contemporaries as merely platonic friendships, their existence has been left seemingly undiscovered by society. To many, the hidden nature of female queer experience is what kept them safe in the passages of time. Tonight we lay this history to bare as we uncover codes hidden within the written word to communicate affections covertly amongst female lovers. Join Amy Firth in this talk, which will explore the secret codes buried in pages of our National Art Library Collection.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

The Search for a Universal Language (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b – The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery)
How can we design a language that anyone can understand, even if they aren’t from this planet? Over the past few decades the human race has been sending interstellar messages into space, with the hope of someday making contact with an alien species. Come and find out more about this fascinating method of communication and have a hand at decoding an interstellar message for yourself!

The Ancestor (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b – The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery)
Standing at an almost human height, bearing neon figures the size of our heads, this digital sculpture seems to simultaneously appear like an abandoned piece of technology, or an almost-human automaton. Watch as the neon as it flickers, as you question our relationships with machines around us, asking yourself – just how much trust should we place in them?

Emoji Decoder (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b – The Simon Sainsbury Gallery at 7:45pm) 🤔
Emojis are a hallmark of contemporary digital communication, allowing each of us to imbue our messages with emotional or semantic information that reaches beyond letters and words. But emojis sit at a crossroads between design, business and technology, and there are more nuances to the symbols and their usage than you may realise. Join Keith Broni, the first Emoji Translator, as he unpicks how the interpretation of these symbols have alternate definitions depending on your culture or identity. Question how you read emojis, from the waitress verses hair flick or high five verses praise hands. Illustration by Ben Hutchings.

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

Location:
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Times:
6:30pm – 10pm

Price:
Free, make sure you arrive early!

Lates at Tate Modern on Friday 26 January 2018

Find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. 🎨 🍷 🔊

Discover new perspectives on the theme of production in collaboration with our Tate Exchange Associates. Enjoy a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop in workshops, pop up talks and street food.

Music:
Movement! programmed by Stance Podcast
Stance hosts Movement! taking you on an audio journey through a selection of the freshest music genres. A flash dance studio will feature DJ sets from DJ Sketchy and Emily Dust taking you from South African Gqom to Desi Disco via the west African underground and more. Plus artist Lotte Andersen will be capturing euphoric moving portraits.

Music programmed by NTS Radio
See DJs Liam D, Qendresa and Jamie Burke in the Terrace Bar.

Film:
New Generation and Process
New Generation comments on the black British experience, its influence and portrayal in music. Directed by The Rest and narrated by Kojey Radical. Process is a companion film to the debut album of singer-songwriter Sampha. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, it offers a window into Sampha’s world.

18:30–19:30 New Generation with Q&A chaired by artist Mahaneela
20:00–20:40 Process
21:00–21:20 New Generation

Free ticket required for all screenings. Advance tickets have all now gone but an allocation of free tickets will be available on the night. Tickets will be distributed from the Level 0 ticket desk on a first-come-first-served basis from 18.00, with any spare tickets given out from the Level 1 Starr Cinema foyer 15 minutes before each screening starts.

Other activities:
Creative Collision II
Watch dancers, choreographers and composers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance create new work and share their creative process.

Documenting Our Cultures
Celebrate the places and pioneers behind our global creative cultures with Stance Podcast. Watch film screenings from Riz Ahmed and Ewen Spencer and join a zine-making workshop with Young Photographers London.

They Call It Regeneration?!
Be critical and reflective about regeneration and gentrification with the People’s Bureau and their giant pass the parcel.

Roulette Station
Try your luck with BACKLIT Gallery’s human roulette station. Winners get to collaborate with artists and create a vinyl recording in the Booth of Truth.

Cross Polli.Nation
Discover how to dance contact improvisation and experience a live jam with Trinity Laban. Learn basic dance skills and awaken your inner spontaneity! No experience needed.

Dubstep Retrospective
Step into Georgina Cook’s immersive dubstep retrospective programmed by Stance Podcast. A virtual playlist and images will transport you to defunct club nights like FWD>> at Plastic People and DMZ at Mass.

Technological Immersion
Get hands on with Digital Maker Collective to explore the role of technology in the arts. Question and rethink virtual and physical space, artificial intelligence, gaming and movement.

Collection Conversation
Got an opinion about the art in Tate Modern? Our visitor experience teams will lead three lively rounds of conversation around key artworks.

Uniqlo 10 Minute Art Talks
Staff and volunteers from across Tate share their personal insights into works from the collection.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Times:
6pm – 10pm

Price:
Free entry

Hip Hop Zoo launch party at Fu Manchu Bar on Friday 2 February 2018

Mixing immersive activities, surprise performances alongside dedicated ringmasters and a Jumanji style atmosphere. Expect confetti cannons, glitter and a rumpus of hip-hop beats. This will not be an average weekly event. 🐼

A ringmaster will lead the night’s procession at Hip Hop Zoo, entertaining guests throughout taking them on a jungle journey from start to finish. Dancers will wow the crowd, dressed head to toe in animal prints and body paint with giant animal heads alongside secret guest performances from headline DJs and acts. To drop a few names, Raekwon, Fatman Scoop and M.O.P have all been booked to perform on past events between the teams.

Hip Hop Zoo will soon turn in to London’s weekly party paradise, imagine an indoor space with vibrant colours and jungle theme surrounded by the pandemonium of an unleashed zoo. Animal fancy dress is highly recommended.

www.fumanchu.co.uk

Location:
Fu Manchu Bar, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, London SW4 7UX

Time:
9pm – 3am

Tickets:
From £15 book online

Launch of Social Bingo Academy on Saturday 27 January 2018

It’s obvious to anyone who’s played it that bingo is a phenomenal game. But, strangely, many young people still don’t see bingo as their number one pastime. The most likely reason for this is that young people in Britain today are ashamed that they lack the basic skills necessary to survive in the challenging world of modern bingo.

Traditional bingo halls can be intimidating places. Skill levels are high. Novice players who aren’t familiar with the complex rules often feel intimidated. The mission of the Social Bingo Academy is to equip a new generation of players with the skills to compete not just in traditional bingo environments but also all the “new-wave” bingo experiences popping up across the country. Bingo is changing. Don’t get left behind.

At the Social Bingo Academy you will be taught the rules, help you master advanced dabbing techniques, and show you how to win prizes in an enthusiastic but humble manner – all in a friendly, relaxed and social setting. If you enjoy drinking drinks, eating food, developing key life skills, and playing enjoyable games, then the Social Bingo Academy is the place for you!!!

Once mastered, there are few games that can match bingo for the deep sense of personal fulfilment and strong social bonds it brings. But developing the skills to participate in a meaningful way is the first hurdle.

The Social Bingo Academy will launch in a fully equipped, 750-seater bingo hall in Camden Town on 27th January 2018.

There is a full bar in the venue and food will be available in the form of lucious hotdogs from Popdogs.

www.bingo-academy.com

Location:
Social Bingo Academy, 180 Arlington Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7HL

Times:
7:30pm – 11pm

Price:
From £5 up to £15, book online

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